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hi edgar ,thank you very much,its very inspiring the way we want to find our past,id like to expressed my gratititude for your reply.,and additional information.yes ,im a zarate(26 years old)from manila,Philippines.the zarate family mainly settled in the northern part of the Philippines(ILOCOS region),but some settled to the central philippines(vizayas region)and the spring of this family travelled to the southernmost part of the Philippines(south cotabato)my father brought us there from manila and spend ten years there,where i met lots of my zarate family relatives(we are a big family circle there),notorious for being womanizer,gambler and drunkards,although my grandfather(Leoncio Zarate)became the founding father of one town called town of Tupi(south cotabato,mindanao)he was the first mayor there in 1960's and responsible for dividing the south cotabato province into three big sections that became 1.general santos city 2.Tupi 3.marbel(koronadal).they are known too as the 1st mass migration of christians to this stronghold of Muslim filipino.the place is now 95% Christian,5% muslim.(there is a war now there against seccesionist muslim rebels)the zarate family knows each other well in this place and regards each clan members as close relatives.i was born in the Philippines capital(manila)and speak the national dialect (tagalog)my relatives in the south(mindanao area)speak the ilongo dialect(dialect of central philippines and southern Philippines)and the zarate's in the northern part of the Philippines speak another different language called the Ilocano,although we grow up and raised locally in every different region of the Philippine island ,we still regards each other parts of the zarate family clan regardless of dialect we speak and traditions and cultures.somehow we are glad we got the bloods of zarate,because the face features we retains from our ancestors are of hispanic looks that gave us (male zarate)advantage for beng handsome or goodlooking.till here and i hope you enjoy this little story of what became of our members.